Vinegar flies, also known as fruit flies, can develop in kitchens and around gardens where fruit is present. These flies can multiply quickly. Luckily there are a few simple home remedies that effectively get rid of vinegar flies.
Killing Vinegar Flies
To kill vinegar flies, attract them to vinegar. Place a few small dishes of vinegar (preferably apple cider vinegar) around your home and garden, and the flies will be attracted to the vinegar and upon entry will drown in the liquid. For an even more effective solution, stir in a few drops of liquid dish detergent, which will work to grease the wings of the flies and prevent them from escaping.
Another way to kill the flies is to trap them inside of a jar that they cannot escape from. Place a few spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar in a jar or tall cup, then insert a funnel into the jar or cup. If you do not have a funnel on hand, make one out of paper. The fruit flies will enter the jar through the funnel opening, and will most times be unable to escape. Add an optional spoonful of liquid dish detergent, and the vinegar flies will eventually die in the vinegar solution.
Repelling Vinegar Flies
Mint is a natural repellent that will keep vinegar flies away from the home and garden. Make a few sachets filled with mint, or sprinkle crushed mint leaves around the home and garden. Alternately, mix a cup of water with a spoonful of mint essential oil in a spray bottle, and spray the mixture around the home and garden.
Eucalyptus oil also works as a repellent for vinegar flies. Mix one cup of water with a spoonful of eucalyptus oil, and spray around the home and lawn every few weeks or as needed to keep vinegar flies at bay.